There's yet another injury holding back the return of Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Friday's game that Drew suffered a setback having to do with his neck.
"He got a little bit of a neck problem [Thursday] so he's back on hold," Francona said.
Drew, in the final year of a five-year, $70 million contract, hasn't played since July 19 due to his injured left shoulder. During a rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, Drew earned more time on the DL when he suffered an avulsion fracture to his middle finger. Drew has played just 77 games and is hitting a career-low .219 with four homers and 21 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Francona confirmed that Kevin Youkilis (sports hernia, hip) will not be available until Sunday, at the earliest.
"He's pretty sore. I think we kind of a knew that [Thursday] night. He's certainly not going to play tonight and he won't play [Saturday...
With Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis sidelined on Friday while trying to manage his hip injury and a sports hernia, outfielder Josh Reddick will hit fifth and serve as the lineup protection for cleanup hitter David Ortiz. Mike Aviles will get the start at third base against Rays starter James Shields, who is 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA against the Sox this year.
Jason Varitek will be behind the plate as Josh Beckett makes his return to the Red Sox rotation, pitching for the first time since rolling his ankle on Sept. 5.
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Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway was named the catcher on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All-Star Team. Lavarnway, who has produced consistently excellent offensive numbers as he's worked his way up the ladder, had his biggest season yet in 2011. He hit .290 with a .376 OBP, .563 slugging mark and .939 OPS along with 32 homers between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He earned a pair of callups to the majors, where he is hitting .250/.344/.321/.665.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about the 24-year-old:
"Lavarnway stands well above the field, even in a season when seven other catchers hit at least 20 home runs — a group that includes Eastern League MVP Travis d'Arnaud and top prospects Wilin Rosario of the Rockies, Tommy Joseph of the Giants and Derek Norris of the Nationals. That's because Lavarnway batted .290/.376/.563 and mashed 32 homers at the two highest levels of the minors to earn his first taste of...
Newly re-signed Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon. Marchand agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million Wednesday, allowing him to participate in training camp from the beginning.
Marchand said that he was always up to date on the negotiations, despite whispers to the contrary.
"I've heard rumors and stuff that people though that I wasn't very involved, but every time the Bruins spoke with my agent, I heard about it minutes later," he said. "I knew everything that was going in very crisp and clear detail. I was very much involved in our side of it. I knew what was going on. It just took a little longer, that's all."
The 23-year-old said he never lost hope that he would be ready to skate with his teammates at the first practice of training camp.
"We didn't get to talk that often during the summer. It was very long, very hectic," he said. "But I...
The Bruins opened training camp Friday at TD Garden with fitness testing, officially opening the preseason coming off June's Stanley Cup victory.
Coach Claude Julien said players are excited for the new season, but that they can't let last season's success slow them down.
"What we accomplished last year really doesn't matter this year," Julien said. "It's going to be starting from scratch and building our team up to go through the highs and lows of a season and battle through it and work your way into a playoff spot and be ready to battle for it. There's a lot of things that need to happen throughout the course of the season for us to have success again.
"The famous Stanley Cup hangover that everybody talks about, I don't think we should be different from anybody else. What we've got to be better at is how we're going to handle it.… Obviously it is a real thing, and we need to be ready this year...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.
Chris Russo on Tom Brady's suspension and Tony Mazz wrote a love letter to David Ortiz.
Pete "randomly" takes callers who think he is doing a great job and Headlines with Kirk.
This week's edition of the WEEI whiner line
Glenn and Lou break down the latest Find Mass Money commercial from Fauria and discover something oddly similar to another famous ad campaign. The guys also discuss the Pats match up vs. the Buffalo Bills, and what the keys to the game will be
Glenn, Lou, and Christian speculate what this weekends retirement ceremony will contain for David Ortiz. They talk about the Dodgers send off of Vin Scully, and his stirring rendition of "wind beneath my wings"
The playmaker is back with Dale and Holley with Thornton previewing Patriots/Bills, plus an amazing answer on whether he'd still play football knowing the risks that are known nowadays.
With David Ortiz's final regular season games this weekend, we look at four of his most iconic regular season moments.
Hours 3 and 4 consisted mostly of Patriots/Bills discussion.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
The guys talk about the latest scandal in English soccer, the recent Champions League game, and the best young players in Europe.
After a snoozer on Thursday night and a sizeable series of rants and musing about chimpanzees being more qualified to run the NFL than Roger Goddell, Steriods and Donald Trump the boys get to solid starts and year to date over-performers in this week’s podcast. Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler & the woes of Ryan Fitzpatrick add to early segment nonsense. Then it’s onto the meat of the show featuring conversation about the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, LeGarette Blount, Jordan Howard (play him), Terrelle Pryor (fool’s gold?) and 4 great starts at Tight End. Enjoy the madness and come back to WEEI on Sunday at 8am for the full Fantasy Football meal. All 4 courses!
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